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The Future Of US Club Soccer At A Crossroads: Part Two – How NASL Can Overhaul Its Value Proposition & Bring Promotion & Relegation To US Soccer

Fair warning: This is a promotion and relegation article.  As such, it will not be for many readers.  If you find discussion on the topic of promotion and relegation upsetting, for the sake of your blood pressure, turn back now.  All others, proceed. Let’s get this out of the way:  Promotion

First Class: NASL Team of the Spring 2016

The final week of the Spring was rather exciting. Indy Eleven remained undefeated but, more importantly, rallied to score the four goals needed to win the Spring title over the New York Cosmos. It was an exhilarating performance from Indy as they thrashed the Carolina Railhawks. I wanted to wait until

It Is Time For The Cosmos To Get Over The Belmont Blues

When the New York Cosmos played their first North American Soccer League match in 29 years on August 4, 2013 in Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium, the scene was magical.  Pele was present, honored alongside Giorgio Chingnalia’s son.  The opponent was the historic rival Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  The stadium was packed.

First Class: NASL Best XI, Week 9

It was another wild weekend in the NASL. Teams fell that should have won, teams won that really shouldn't have, and a draw frustrated one team's climb to the top of the standings. Let's take a moment and consider the Spring table. Since the league instituted the split season format, it has

Cosmos edge out Eibar in penalties

The New York Cosmos defeated SD Eibar in their friendly in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.  Fielding a heavily modified squad with a surprise or two in it, the Cosmos bounced back from an early 2-0 deficit and forced penalty kicks, before edging them out for the win. Brian Holt received

First Class: NASL Best XI, Week 8

I've been fantastically wrong in my weekly predictions, and it's been wonderful. This season's NASL is perhaps the most competitive yet and certainly the most interesting (infuriating). There have been superb individual performances every week from nearly every team regardless of outcome. So, as we move towards the conclusion of